St Julian’s Church, Norwich

St Julian’s is one of the oldest churches in the city of Norwich.  It houses the Shrine of the great 14th century mystic Julian of Norwich

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Challenge at Home

  • Find out the name of churches near you and see how many different names you can find. What is the story behind the saint they are dedicated to? 
  • Explore a church local to you.
  • Lots more inspiring ideas to do here

Challenge at School

  • Who would you argue are inspiring women either from the past or present?
  • “All shall be well” was Julian of Norwich’s famous phrase, what phrases make you think of other well-known people?
  • Explore how Norfolk has been affected by illness over the centuries.
  • Find out more about Julian of Norwich with these 6 in-depth videos (KS3/4/5)

Graffiti at Norwich Cathedral

With thanks to Lindsay Blankley at Norwich Cathedral – Schools and Family Learning Officer#
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Some key questions to investigate

  • What is a Cathedral?
  • Why is this place considered special to some people?
  • What is a Benedictine monk?
  • Who were the Normans and why did they build a Cathedral in Norwich?
  • How are the semi-circular arches built?  Why are they strong?
  • Why would someone leave Graffiti in a Cathedral?
  • What was a Mason’s job?  What marks might they have left?
  • Would it be acceptable today to leave Graffiti in a church or Cathedral?

Links to deeper online learning

The Norfolk Medieval Graffiti Survey includes teacher’s notes on medieval graffiti in Norfolk. It expands on the variety and possible meanings of the graffiti found in Norfolk churches and Norwich Cathedral. It also includes activities and worksheets for children including:

  • Find out about ritual protection marks including pentangles and compass drawn patterns. 
  • Create their own mason’s mark using only straight lines

Debate: Is it right to leave graffiti?  If so where is it acceptable and where would you say it isn’t?

Watch this BBC report on whether Bristol should keep some graffiti and if so, which ones?

Creative ideas

Look at pictures of Graffiti artists ‘tags’ and then design your own.

Look at the work of Graffiti artist Keith Haring, who is known for his bold, graphic style of art, and create your own action drawings.

Keith Haring in front of Pisa Mural, 1989